This section outlines the process for accepted candidates from the moment they are notified about their acceptance via the Applicant Portal up to their actual arrival to CEU.
Step 1: acceptance offer
Admissions decisions are published on the Applicant Portal.
Acceptance Offers are published in the Applicant Portal. Once you receive an offer, please make sure to read it carefully, as it stipulates terms and conditions of the study offer, including program length, required fees, etc.
Accepted candidates who applied for MA programs where financial aid is available receive a self-financing offer first (i.e. one that does not include financial aid). They then have the option to either accept the initial offer, decline it, or apply for financial aid in their Applicant Portal ("Respond to Offer").
A financial aid request form can only be completed once, irrespective of the number of programs offering financial aid that a candidate is accepted to.
Once the financial aid decisions are finalized, Acceptance Offers including financial aid are published for eligible MA candidates in the Applicant Portal. Candidates will then have to make a final decision whether to accept or decline the offer.
Please note: The Acceptance Offer cannot be used for visa application purposes. The CEU Admissions Office issues a separate document ("Confirmation of Acceptance") to those students who require a visa to enter Hungary (see also Step 3).
Step 2: General Deposit
Every candidate accepted to CEU is to pay a general deposit in order to confirm their acceptance of the study offer. Candidates can accept their initial, self-funded offer and pay the general deposit via the Applicant Portal. Alternatively, you may apply for financial aid (if applicable) and pay the general deposit (as indicated in the formal acceptance document) upon accepting the new offer. Your place of study is only confirmed once the deposit payment has reached CEU.
For accepted candidates who have confirmed their place of study but do not enroll after all, the general deposit is non-refundable. For those who enroll, the deposit serves as a damage deposit for the length of study at CEU, and will be refunded shortly before departure as part of the leaving procedure, less any damage costs assessed or fees outstanding on the student's account.
Due to recent changes in the Hungarian immigration law, accepted candidates who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries must pay any applicable fees (such as the enrollment and/or tuition fees) right after confirming their place of study and paying the general deposit, using the payment methods indicated in the acceptance offer.
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned payments, these candidates will receive a visa letter ("Confirmation of Acceptance") along with the payment confirmation for the purpose of the visa application (see Step 3 below.)
Step 3: Visa Application (for non-eu/eea citizens)
Accepted candidates who are citizens of countries that are not part of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) need to apply for a long-term D type visa for study purposes at the Hungarian consulate of their country of residence. The CEU Admissions Office provides a "Confirmation of Acceptance" for visa purposes (and, if applicable, a payment confirmation) sent to the accepted candidates via DHL. For further information read our detailed guidelines.
Citizens of EU/EEA member states may travel to Hungary without a long-term study visa. However they need to obtain a registration card for the duration of the studies in Hungary. For more information please visit the relevant section of the CEU Online Orientation.
Step 4: Academic Records
In order to be able to enroll and start their studies at CEU, accepted candidates must submit their academic documents to the CEU Admissions Office no later than August 15, 2018, via postal mail or in person (mailing address: CEU Admissions Office, Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary).